PhD in Clinical Psychology
Specialize in clinical psychology
The clinical psychology program offers courses and training leading to the degree of doctor of philosophy (PhD) in clinical psychology. Students in this program acquire a master of science degree as they progress toward their doctoral degree.
The doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Courses cover scientific areas of psychology, the historical foundations of psychology, research methods and professional practice skills. Supervised clinical experiences are planned throughout the curriculum. Practica are available at the Department of Psychology’s Center for Psychological Services and with collaborating agencies in the Milwaukee urban area.
We also offer a master's and PhD in psychology specializing in behavior analysis.
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- The goal of the program is to prepare students for successful careers as scientist-practitioners. Thus, faculty strive to create an environment that fosters scholarly productivity. Students are encouraged to apply for internal and external research funding, to present at professional conferences, and to publish in scientific journals.
- Students looking for a solid foundation in clinical and research training who anticipate careers in academic medical settings or in academia.
- Full-time PhD program
- On-campus learning
- Completion Time: five years at Marquette, followed by a one-year internship
At the completion of the clinical psychology PhD degree program, the graduate demonstrates learning outcomes that are consistent with six core competencies and five functional competencies related to the field of clinical psychology.
Six core competencies:
- Psychological Evaluations: The graduate demonstrates competence in assessment, diagnosis and conceptualization—both oral and written—of problems and issues of individuals, groups, and/or organizations. Competency includes selecting, utilizing, and interpreting validated assessment measures to support clinical diagnoses.
- Psychological Interventions: The graduate demonstrates competence in understanding, planning, implementing and evaluating evidence-based interventions that have been shown to alleviate suffering and to promote health and well-being.
- Relationships: The graduate demonstrates capacity to relate effectively and meaningfully with individuals, groups, and/or communities, including members of other healthcare disciplines.
- Individual/Cultural diversity: The graduate demonstrates awareness and sensitivity in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups and communities who represent various cultural and personal background and characteristics.
- Ethical/Legal Standards: The graduate understands and applies ethical concepts and awareness of legal issues regarding professional activities individuals, groups, and organizations. Advocating for the profession.
- Interdisciplinary Systems: The graduate demonstrates professional and competent cooperation with colleagues and peers in related disciplines.
Five functional competencies:
- Psychological Evaluation: The graduate demonstrates competence in assessment, diagnosis and conceptualization—both oral and written—of problems and issues of individuals, groups, and/or organizations. Competence includes utilizing formal assessment measures (e.g., tests).
- Psychological Interventions: The graduate demonstrates competence in understanding, planning, implementing and evaluating interventions designed to alleviate suffering and to promote health and well-being.
- Consultation: The graduate demonstrates the ability to provide expert guidance or professional assistance in response to a client’s needs or goals, including other healthcare professionals or others involved in human services (e.g., teachers).
- Research/evaluation: The graduate understand and independently generates research that contributes to the scientific knowledge base and/or evaluates the effectiveness of various professional activities.
- Supervision: The graduate demonstrates competence in the supervision and training of professionals.
Graduate PhD from our program often pursue careers in an academic medical settings or higher education acedemia.
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To be considered for admission, all application requirements must be completed and received in the Graduate School by December 1 for the following fall term.
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- A completed application form and fee online.
- Copies of all current and previous colleges/university transcripts except Marquette.1
- A personal statement of 1,000 words or fewer that includes discussion of academic and professional experiences and goals. The statement should comment on how the applicant's experiences and/or interests would contribute to fostering diversity in the clinical psychology program. An individual’s ability to enrich diversity to the program, in addition to his/her very presence, can involve, but is not limited to, personal identity (e.g., ethnic identity, religious identity, national origin), intellectual contributions (typically in the form of research interests), and/or personal history or experiences that allow the applicant to bring a unique perspective/worldview (e.g., history of overcoming significant disadvantage, first in family to go to college). The program invites applicants who are particularly interested in diversity-related issues, in either research and/or clinical practice, to request consideration for the Department of Psychology Diversity Graduate Assistantship. All applicants who believe they would contribute positively to the diversity of the program are invited to state in their application that they would like to be considered for the Diversity Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship.
- Three letters of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic work and/or research experience.
- GRE test scores test scores (General test only).
- For international applicants only: a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
- The highest ranking applicants will be invited to an interview.
1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.
Teaching and research assistantships (TAs and RAs) are awarded to full-time students in the doctoral program. Assistantships are usually distributed among the first-, second- and third-year clinical students. TAs help the professors by teaching laboratory courses, leading discussion sections, preparing, proctoring and grading exams, and reading and grading papers. RAs help professors conduct research, including literature searches, running experiments, data entry, setting up labs, and statistical analyses.
A full assistantship requires 20 hours of work in return for a monthly stipend (nine months) and tuition remission of 24 credit hours. Many students receive a half assistantship, which requires 10 hours of work in return for a half stipend and 12 credit hours.
Assistantships are awarded per semester or an annual basis. Performance is reviewed each semester. Renewal of an assistantship is based on satisfactory performance and on academic performance.
The program invites applicants who are particularly interested in diversity-related issues, in either research and/or clinical practice, to request consideration for the Department of Psychology Diversity Graduate Assistantship. All applicants who believe they would contribute positively to the diversity of the program are invited to state in their application that they would like to be considered for the Diversity Graduate Assistantship.
Tuition remission scholarships (e.g., dissertation scholarships) and fellowships are occasionally available. Unlike assistantships, there are no service obligations to the university for scholarship and fellowship recipients.
Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.